Thursday, February 8, 2007

WASHINGTON: Noon. Monday. At the Lincoln Memorial, the annual celebration organized by the Lincoln Birthday National Commemorative Committee and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Free.

WASHINGTON:10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Feb. 16-19. At the National Archives, the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation will be on display. Issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Sept. 22, 1862, the decree announced that slaves in the states or parts of the states still in rebellion would be declared free as of Jan. 1, 1863. Free. 866-272-6272 or

ALEXANDRIA:11 a.m. Feb. 19. At the Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, Jim Getty -- as Lincoln -- will discuss the war and life with Mary, and will take questions. Free. 703-838-4994.

STERLING:7:30 p.m. Feb. 20. At the United Methodist Church, meeting of the Eastern Loudoun Civil War Roundtable, with Steve Meserve speaking on the life of William Ormsby. Free. 703-404-0542.

RICHMOND:9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24. At the Library of Virginia Lecture Hall, a symposium on choosing sides in the Civil War with Craig L. Symonds, William C. Davis, Emory M. Thomas and others; co-sponsored by the Museum of the Confederacy. Fee charged. Reservations required. 804-649-1861, Ext. 32.

MIDDLETOWN, Va.:6 p.m.-midnight. March 3. At Wayside Inn, a benefit ball for the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. Reservation required. Fee charged. 888-628-1864.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.:9 a.m.-8 p.m. March 9-11. At the Mariners' Museum, the grand opening of the USS Monitor Center, the official home of the remains of the Civil War ironclad, with tours, lectures, demonstrations and fireworks. Fee charged. 757-591-5123 or

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